If only they still held an occasional Bal Masqué in this beautiful place... I don't think it would be as grandiose as it was in the past, but it would surely bring some spirits back into play. ~ L'Opera de Paris
Novodevichy Convent, Moscow ~ Novodevichy Convent, Moscow ~ The Novodevichy Convent was founded in 1524 by Vasiliy III in commemoration of the conquest of Smolensk. It was built as a fortress at a curve of the Moskva River and became an important part of the southern defensive belt of the capital. The Novodevichy Convent is known to have sheltered many ladies from the Russian royal families and boyar clans, who had been forced to take the veil.